I took pictures around my "hood" and ate mountains of cupcakes this week...but I also watched the Lego Movie for about the 7 or 8th time in a month today...because it's brilliant and probably the most beautifully orchestrated and thought provoking movie about plastic bricks to ever exist. (if you haven't seen it, I recommend that shit) Little Emmet struggles to see why he's special...which we all kind of go through, right? When you dissect the movie, it begins with this robotic utopia of people doing things exactly how they're supposed to. Get up, watch the no pants show, get a $45 coffee and hit the work grind. In a society constructed of strict expectations (and bricks) it leaves little room to be expressive. Anyways, by the end of the movie, Emmet becomes a total bad ass because he says something moving...yeah I'm moved by the plastic man...anyways..
"You don't have to be the bad guy. You are the most talented, most interesting, and most extraordinary person in the universe. And you are capable of amazing things. Because you are the Special. And so am I. And so is everyone. The prophecy is made up, but it's also true. It's about all of us. Right now, it's about you. And you still can change everything."
It's truly hard to remember your own self worth in the chaos that becomes our own daily hustle. I forget, until I stop and think about all of the things I've accomplished, continue to create, and the people I help along the way, whether they appreciate it or not. Stop and realize how you and your choices impact people around you, because you, like Emmet says, are capable of amazing things. Be around awesome people, don't listen to the hype, and don't settle for being a robot (maybe dress like one though...;)) I can honestly say, at 22 years old, this lego movie truly impacted me. The positive results from fully embracing yourself and cutting out the crap is a wonderful. I've been doing it a lot in the past two months myself, and I can feel the weight being slowly lifted like a ton of plastic bricks. So, what I've learned from this lovely film is a plethora of life lessons.
1) Be different - it's the qualities and quirks that set us apart from even the most drone-esc environments. Go on with ur bad self.
2) Be with the people who bring out the best, most amazing, you - They are hard to find, far and few between, and even when you do find them it's not always a cake walk, but work through it if it's worth it, and get rid of the rest. I have days where the people I love the most seem to not give two fucks, and in an instant everything is fine again. It's a challenge to determine who to keep and who to toss, who uses you and who would be there for you, but it's about learning to trust your instincts in order to fill your heart with trusting people.
3) Push for what you believe in - If we don't talk about things, we don't make progress. If you don't say "I like running around dressed as an astronaut and painting surrealist ketchup paintings," no one will ever give you the chance to show why that might be important. Whatever it may be, fight for that shit, despite obstacles. It may take years and years but remind yourself of why it's important and no doubt will ever cross your mind of the struggles faced to be heard.
4) The $45 coffee isn't always the best - Stop judging worth by the dollar amount, the amount on a pay check, or the street cred you get for having something. Life is about feeling something and when I die, I'd rather know I had a lifetime of feeling, than a lifetime of Louboutins, expensive dinners, and numbers. It's about little things and little moments that make life worth living.
So in conclusion...watch the Lego Movie and go forth with your amazing self. Trust the capabilities you possess and rock it out.